1. Ray LaMontagne's 'Supernova' Shines At No. 1 On Top Rock Albums Chart

    May 08, 2014 5:16 PM EDT The folk-rocker lands his third leader on the list. Plus, chart action for Whitechapel, Grateful Dead, Pixies and Coldplay Ray LaMontagne notches his third No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart, and second leader on Folk Albums , with "Supernova," which opens with 40,000…

  2. Zac Brown and Wife Welcome a Baby Boy

    May 08, 2014 3:36 PM EDT It's a boy for country singer Zac Brown. His wife, Shelly, gave birth to the couple's fifth child - and first boy - earlier this week. Zac Brown Shuffles Band Lineup, Announces Summer Tour Zac Brown Band Continues 'Sweet' Success Atop Country Airplay Chart A publicist for…

  3. Sugar Sammy Video Q&A: Canada's Hot Comic

    May 05, 2014 5:21 PM EDT Canadian comedian Sugar Sammy has grossed nearly $3 million on the road. That's a lot of laughs. Sugar Sammy sounds exceptionally relaxed for a guy set to hit the stage in an hour, especially since he's still at the furnished apartment he has rented in Old Montreal. After…

  4. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Ricky Martin's 'Loca' Leads Hot 100

    May 05, 2014 8:05 AM EDT Fifteen years ago this week, the superstar helped ignite a Latin crazy on U.S. charts. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Live, Pet Shop Boys and Roxette Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history May 5, 1962 The "…

  5. Why Girl Groups Rule: Pussycat Dolls' Jessica Sutta On 'Female Empowerment'

    May 01, 2014 8:25 PM EDT Girl Group Week! • Top 40 Girl Group Songs Ever • Top 20 Most Underrated Girl Group Songs • Top 10 Most Iconic Girl Group Videos • Little Mix Studio Session • 10 K-Pop Girl Groups You Need To Know • Girl Group Readers' Poll • Dixie Chicks' Emily on Why Girl Groups Rule • TLC's…

  6. Clare Bowen, 'Nashville' Star On Top Country Albums

    May 01, 2014 2:36 PM EDT Five cast albums from ABC's "Nashville" dot Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, led by "Nashville: On the Record," which bows as the Hot Shot Debut at No. 2 with 18,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.   Songs from the live set were featured in a special…

  7. Kristeen Young, 'The Pictures of Sasha Grey': Exclusive Song Premiere

    April 30, 2014 12:55 PM EDT Listen to the exclusive premiere of Kristeen Young's song, "The Pictures of Sasha Grey," which features Dave Grohl. When it came time for Kristeen Young to record her seventh album, "The Knife Shift," she got help from a very unexpected source: Dave Grohl. The…

  8. Brantley Gilbert Tops Country Airplay, Keith Urban Continues Top 10 Streak

    April 29, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Gilbert reigns with 'Bottoms Up,' while Urban links his 31st consecutive top 10. Plus, Dave Grohl's gone country Brantley Gilbert visits the Billboard Country Airplay chart summit for a third time, and makes his fastest flight to the top, as "Bottoms Up" steps 2-1 in…

  9. Moogfest 2014: Giorgio Moroder, Kraftwerk, FlyLo, Janelle Monae Hit Asheville

    April 27, 2014 1:16 AM EDT Moogfest feels like a Philip Dick fan convention soundtracked by a heavy, relentless bass line. The weird and wired festival kicked off in Asheville on Wednesday afternoon with perhaps its least exciting event: a panel with Moog Music CEO Mike Adams, the Mayor of Asheville and others,…

  10. From Blur to 'Bots: Damon Albarn's 15 Defining Music Moments

    April 25, 2014 5:54 PM EDT As Damon Albarn gets set to release his first proper solo album, "Everyday Robots," it's easy to forget how versatile and eclectic he's been over the course of his career. Sure he's been at the forefront of Britpop and found crossover success in the U.S. with Blur,…

  11. Luke Bryan Added to Summerfest 2014 Lineup

    April 25, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Other confirmed Summerfest headliners include Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga and Brad Paisley Country star Luke Bryan has been announced as the latest headliner Summerfest 2014 at the Marcus Amphitheater in Milwaukee. Bryan and special guest Danielle Bradbery, who won season four of "The Voice,…

  12. Kevin Sharp Remembered By Fellow Country Artists Wayne Warner, Jimmy Fortune

    April 24, 2014 3:40 PM EDT "He was such a gentle soul, and had such a giving heart," says Wayne Warner, who worked with Sharp on two albums. The recent passing of country musician Kevin Sharp has not only impacted his devoted fanbase, but also his fellow artists, many of whom called Sharp a friend. Country…

  13. Lenny Kravitz Releasing New Album 'Strut' in September Through Kobalt Label Services (Exclusive)

    April 24, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Lenny Kravitz has announced his tenth studio album, "Strut", will be released Sept. 23 through his own Roxie Records imprint. He has signed a worldwide agreement with Kobalt Label Services to release and promote the album. An upcoming Kravitz tour is expected to be announced in the…

  14. MTV VMAs to Be Held at L.A.'s The Forum in 2014

    April 23, 2014 10:58 AM EDT The August spectacle will be the first major awards show at the newly-revamped venue. MTV announced on Wednesday that the 2014 Video Music Awards will be held at the Forum on Aug. 24. The move not only marks the moonman ceremony's return to the West Coast, but also makes it the first…

  15. Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood & Wife Expecting First Child

    April 22, 2014 10:51 AM EDT Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood is the latest member of the country trio to be expecting their first child: on Monday, Haywood and his wife Kelli announced that they will have their first baby together in September. "So excited for a new Baby A on the way in Sept! And it's a boy…

  16. Kelis, 'FOOD': Track-By-Track Review

    April 21, 2014 1:08 PM EDT For her latest career reinvention, Kelis is trying on a rock-and-soul hybrid helmed by producer Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio) with an album called "FOOD" (out Tuesday on Ninja Tune), conveniently released at the same time as she's hosting a new show for the Cooking Channel, …

  17. Enrique Iglesias' Emotional Life: The Billboard Cover Story

    April 21, 2014 10:30 AM EDT No topic is off limits as the singer opens up about that strained relationship with Dad, Anna Kournikova, the recent death of his dog, and the pressure to keep building his empire. It's a rare occasion that Enrique Iglesias is actually at the offices of his Mr. 305 Productions in…

  18. Pixies’ 'Doolittle' at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    April 18, 2014 2:35 PM EDT There are some cult classics that could have been hits, and then there are albums like “Doolittle.” Released 25 years ago today, the sophomore effort from wily Boston space cadets Pixies was never going to shift major units, and the fact that it spent two weeks at No. 98 on the Billboard 200…

  19. Jay Z and Beyonce Summer Tour: The Latest in 2014's Stadium Boom

    April 18, 2014 12:57 PM EDT It's looking like the biggest year in touring since 1994 as power acts double (and triple) up onstage. This article was first published in the April 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . With sources confirming to Billboard that Jay Z and Beyonce will embark on a 20-city stadium…

  20. Golden Gods to Air in May on VH1 Classic; Axl Rose and Joan Jett Lead Honorees

    April 16, 2014 7:00 AM EDT The Golden Gods Awards, a ceremony devoted solely to hard rock and heavy metal, is returning to TV on Saturday, May 24 via VH1 Classic at 8 p.m. ET/PT, produced by Dick Clark Productions and Revolver magazine. The four-hour live show will tape Wednesday, April 23, at Los Angeles' Club…

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